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Path--Notes

Current directory

Windows NT always searches in the current directory first, before it searches directories in the search path.

Files with the same name, different extensions

You might have some files in the same directory that share the same filename but have different extensions. For example, you might have a file named ACCNT.COM that starts an accounting program and another file named ACCNT.BAT that connects your system to the accounting system network.

Windows NT searches for a file by using default filename extensions in the following order of precedence: .EXE, .COM, .BAT, and .CMD. To run ACCNT.BAT when ACCNT.COM exists in the same directory, you must include the .BAT extension on the command line.

Two or more identical filenames in the path

You might have two or more files in the search path that have the same filename and extension. Windows NT searches for the specified filename first in the current directory. Then it searches directories in the order in which they are listed in the path command.

Specifying multiple paths

To specify more than one path for Windows NT to search, separate entries with a semicolon (;).

Using path in your AUTOEXEC.NT file

If you place the path command in your AUTOEXEC.NT file, Windows NT automatically appends the specified MS-DOS subsystem search path to the Windows NT search path every time you log on to your computer.

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